Ahead of the Red Bull car launch in New York, American car giant Ford have announced on Friday that they will be coming back to Formula 1 in 2026 as an engine supplier.
Ford announced on Friday that it will be returning to Formula One for the new engine era that starts in 2026. Prior to this, Ford left Formula One at the conclusion of the 2004 season, when it ended its involvement with the Jaguar operation and stopped badging engines manufactured by Cosworth.
Its announcement made early in the morning only made a reference to its plans to enter Formula One again, and it did not detail which teams it would be working with.
Red Bull and Ford have been in conversation for a considerable amount of time. It is widely believed that a deal has been reached, and it is anticipated that it will be announced during the car launch for the Milton Keynes-based team later.
“The news today that Ford is coming to Formula 1 from 2026 is great for the sport and we are excited to see them join the incredible automotive partners already in Formula 1,” said Stefano Domenicali, president and CEO of Formula 1.
“Ford is a global brand with an incredible heritage in racing and the automotive world and they see the huge value that our platform provides with over half a billion fans around the world.
“Our commitment to be Net Zero Carbon by 2030 and to introduce sustainable fuels in the F1 cars from 2026 is also an important reason for their decision to enter F1. We believe that our sport provides the opportunity and reach unlike any other and we cannot wait for the Ford logo to be racing round F1’s iconic circuits from 2026.”
“This is the start of a thrilling new chapter in Ford’s motorsports story that began when my great-grandfather won a race that helped launch our company,” said Bill Ford, executive chair of the Ford Motor Company.
“Ford is returning to the pinnacle of the sport, bringing Ford’s long tradition of innovation, sustainability and electrification to one of the world’s most visible stages.”